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 2022-10-04 15:00 

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Hunt builds up churches in regional ministry partner role...

Buddy Hunt serves as regional ministry partner for eastern Oklahoma, a role created to encourage pastors and support church health. His region includes 410 churches affiliated with Oklahoma Baptist associations and 40 Native American churches in areas ran...

 2022-10-03 15:00 

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Tulsa, South Tulsa thinks globally at home...

Tulsa, South Tulsa paid off its $2.2 million dollar debt in 18 months so it could focus on missions. "So much ministry funding has come from paying off the debt and not having to pay the bank every month," Eric Costanzo said. He's been South T...

 2022-10-02 17:00 

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Message from the past makes an impact today at Yukon, Canadian Valley...

Above: Written 19 years ago, Kevin Kellogg offered a message to the pastor who would eventually follow him at Yukon, Canadian Valley. Jonathan Baker is the current pastor who recently found the message on the floor in his office. YUKON—Yukon, Canadi...

 2022-10-01 15:00 

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Sword & trowel: Oklahoma going to pot—Part 2...

In my last column, I voiced concern about the rapid advancement of legalized marijuana in Oklahoma. I specifically raised concerns about State Question 820, a forthcoming ballot measure which would legalize recreational marijuana in our state. Oklahoma Ba...

 2022-09-30 17:00 

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BVC board establishes Pierce Institute for Transforming Life Expectancies...

To better help Oklahoma Baptist churches meet the increasing needs of senior adults within the local church and to minister to those outside of the church, Baptist Village Communities (BVC) has announced the establishment of the "Bill and Susan Pierce...

 2022-09-29 22:19 

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Oklahoma Baptists on standby to help after Hurricane Ian...

As Hurricane Ida arrived as a Category 4 storm, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams, including Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR), were prepared to respond. With 150 mph winds, Ida is one of the strongest storms to hit the mainland United Sta...

 2022-09-29 22:00 

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'Anchored' in the Word: Mustang, First to host 2022 Oklahoma Baptists Annual Meeting...

MUSTANG—Oklahoma Baptists will gather Nov. 14-15 at Mustang, First for the 116th Annual Meeting. The 2022 Annual Meeting will feature times of preaching, prayer, ministry reports and other convention business. Oklahoma Baptists President Chris Wall ...

 2022-09-29 17:48 

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Messenger Insight 22.34 CBA Annual Meeting Preview...

Capital Baptist Association (CBA) leaders Mark Walters, David Hooks and Tobin Jackson talk about the upcoming CBA annual meeting which will be hosted at Oklahoma City, Trinity, on October 9....

 2022-09-29 17:00 

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Connect: Hindrances in our calling...

I was recently visiting with a small group of pastors, and the discussion turned to the distractions and hindrances that can keep us from faithfully walking in our calling to follow Christ both personally and vocationally. Temptation, busyness, loss of pr...

 2022-09-28 22:00 

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Are you willing to do what it takes to be healthy?...

The older I get the more I value my health. When I was little, I would get strep throat quite often. I was familiar with the burning soreness in my throat when I swallowed. We would call the doctor, and inevitably I would end up getting a shot of penicill...

 2022-09-28 17:00 

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Rite of passage: Where do prayers go?...

When I was a child, my family attended a small country church. You've seen dozens like it. This white-framed wooden building was surrounded by a cemetery. I guess the congregation wanted to be as close as possible to the resurrection of the dead. The ...

 2022-09-28 13:35 

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Hawkins, Dockery announced as joint interim leadership at SWBTS...

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — Following a special-called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Seminary, Chairman Danny Roberts today announced that trustees have invited O.S. Hawkins and David S. Dockery to provide joint leadership to the sem...

 2022-09-27 22:00 

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Meaningful ministry: Oklahoma Baptists' Board meets at Falls Creek...

DAVIS—Members of Oklahoma Baptists board of directors met at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center on Sept. 13 for their regularly-scheduled board meeting. With key business and reports, times of prayer and fellowship, more than 50 board members and...

 2022-09-27 17:00 

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Yukon, Trinity hosts Momentum, nearly 1,000 college students attend...

YUKON—Yukon, Trinity's worship center was filled with college students and campus ministries alike from across Oklahoma Sept. 9. Nearly 1,000 college students attended this night of worship and teaching is known as Momentum, a collegiate ministr...

 2022-09-26 17:00 

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Create a culture of care...

Just the other day, I was listening to a podcast featuring a ministry leader who made a statement that caused me to press the skip back button. He said that he struggled with pastoral care—in fact he said he "hated" it. To be fair to him, I ...

 2022-09-23 23:01 

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Greenway resigns from Southwestern presidency...

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Southwestern Seminary (SWBTS) announced Friday, Sept. 23, that president Adam W. Greenway has resigned from his post effective immediately. The announcement follows an all-day meeting of the executive committee of the seminary...

 2022-09-23 20:15 

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DHD: Current theological beliefs; Spurgeon; Small church pastors; Mohler; Demon possession; Frank Lloyd Wright-design house tour...

Greetings! I have a hodgepodge of topics to cover in this week's DHD. Hope you enjoy! Carter comments on current theological beliefs I've shared before how helpful Joe Carter's articles can be on a current issue. This week, Lifeway Research in...

 2022-09-22 22:00 

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Expansive pro-life legislation introduced in House, Senate...

WASHINGTON (BP)—New legislation to help support pregnant women, young mothers and their children in a post-Roe America has gained congressional introduction. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, introduced a legislative package ...

 2022-09-22 20:49 

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Dilbeck says shepherding, stewardship key in new role as GuideStone president...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In his new role as president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources, Hance Dilbeck's goal is to match the lessons he learned as a local church pastor with the values of the organization. Dilbeck became president of the e...

 2022-09-22 17:00 

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Pray for missionaries in Sub-Saharan Africa...

While more Christians live in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any area of the world, 27,000 people in the region die every day without knowing Christ. Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world and one of the highest rates of ch...

 2022-09-22 15:00 

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Messenger Insight 22.33 State Missions & Refugee Ministry...

Hear how the Edna McMillan State Missions Offering is helping Oklahoma Baptist churches provide housing, food and basic needs for refugees, as they share the Gospel....

 2022-09-21 22:00 

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SBC EC approves Caring Well Sunday for abuse awareness...

Adron Robinson presents the recommendation for the addition of a Caring Well Sunday in late September to the SBC Annual Calendar of Activities. (Baptist Press/Brandon Porter) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee ...

 2022-09-21 16:59 

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Rite of passage: Travel tips...

I'm wrote this article from Mncora, Peru, one of the many places where I work that no one has ever heard of. I could pretend to be writing from Paris, but the empanada stands, pan flute music in the background and Spanish signs won't let me forget...

 2022-09-20 16:30 

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Americans' theological beliefs changed to suit post-pandemic practice...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Americans experienced seismic changes over the past two years, including, for many, how they attend church. The shift in behavior coincides with a shift in theology. The biennial State of Theology study conducted by Lifeway Res...

 2022-09-19 17:00 

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Blog: The importance of God's Word in today's culture...

My oldest daughter started running cross country for her school this year. She had never ran in a race before, so she didn't know all the ins and outs of the sport. She has great coaches and friends who have helped her along the way, as she's lear...

 2022-09-17 15:00 

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IMB's 'Together for the Nations' event comes to Oklahoma...

EDMOND—Many people in the world think the greatest problem facing humanity is natural disasters, humanitarian crises or political problems. According to Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Conven...

 2022-09-16 18:19 

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Sword & trowel: Is Oklahoma going to pot?...

Do you recall that movie scene from "It's A Wonderful Life," when George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) is given a glimpse of what life would be like in his lovely town of Bedford Falls, had he never lived? To his horror, George finds himsel...

 2022-09-15 22:30 

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Court denies Jewish school's request about LGBTQ group...

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court has denied—at least for now—a request by the country's oldest Jewish university that the justices block enforcement of a judicial requirement it must grant recognition to a gay and transgender s...

 2022-09-15 22:00 

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Small church, big heart, big growth: Walters, Calvary reaching community for Christ...

WALTERS—The town of Walters, Okla., according to recent census data, has a population of 2,701. The city, situated in southwest Oklahoma in Cotton County, has the motto "small town, big heart." Among the handful of churches located in Walter...

 2022-09-15 19:25 

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Coffey boldly shares the Gospel at Panhandle State...

David Coffey not only maintains a relationship with students at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU), but he also strives for close relationships with faculty members, including the president of the university and coaches of the athletic teams. As B...

 2022-09-15 17:00 

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Connect: Investing in others...

One of the difficult things pastors are sometimes called on to do is officiate the funeral of a family member. These are not easy to do, especially if the pastor was close to the family member. Recently, my uncle passed away, and I had the honor of offici...

 2022-09-15 15:00 

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Messenger Insight 22.32 Cooperative Program Month...

Jeremy Smith and Chris Forbes look at some new Cooperative Program (CP) promotional resources and discuss how CP education encourages faithful stewardship....

 2022-09-14 22:00 

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GoStudents: Students engage the lost around the world...

GoStudents is all about raising up a generation to complete the task of sharing Christ with a lost world. It's a tool churches can use to help their students embrace an "on-mission" lifestyle. Every student should experience at least one, if n...

 2022-09-14 19:18 

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Messenger ad gets two churches on the same page to sharing space, ministry...

The Messenger ad, earlier this year, that brought OKC, Gideon and MWC, Lighthouse together MIDWEST CITY—A discussion about advertising in the Baptist Messenger led two pastors to get on the same page about sharing a meeting place for their congregat...

 2022-09-14 17:00 

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Rite of passage: A good day...

This has been a good day. I woke up to the smell of bacon cooking. Yes, I'm one of those bacon fanatics. Having grandparents and later parents who owned a hog farm, there was never a shortage of bacon in our house. As a young child, I was convinced it...

 2022-09-14 13:43 

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Leatherwood named ERLC president...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) board of trustees named Brent Leatherwood the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) public policy entity in a unanimous vote Tuesday, Sept. 13. "I am h...

 2022-09-13 22:00 

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The Call Conference focuses on moving 'Onward'...

Above: Rusty Gunn, pastor of Sand Springs, Church That Matters, spoke on how to discern between what all Christians are called to do and God calling those to vocational ministry. SHAWNEE—"Onward" was this year's theme of The Call Confere...

 2022-09-13 17:00 

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VBS 'sparked' great results at Oklahoma Baptist churches...

Above: Children at Blair, First helped lead the singing during VBS assembly A new school year has begun, and as families settle into routines, many are reflecting on the special vacations and memories they have shared this year. Oklahoma Baptist churches ...

 2022-09-13 13:24 

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Amid sorrow of queen's death, Southern Baptist in London shares Gospel...

Above: Ashlyn Portero, center, a former executive director of Tallahasse, Fla., City Church, participates in outreach Sept. 10 in Queen's Park London as a staff member of Redeemer Queen's Park church. Submitted photo LONDON (BP)—She was crow...

 2022-09-12 22:17 

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DR overcomes accident, serves St. Louis in flood recovery...

Above: DR team members pose for a picture after helping a St. Louis resident recover from the recent flood Team members of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) left Aug. 7 to do flood recovery in St. Louis, Mo., after a major storm struck the area at the...

 2022-09-12 17:00 

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8 lessons to avoid pastoral burnout...

EDITORIAL NOTE: The following article was previously featured at centerforbaptistrenewal.com How does a productive pastor not burn out? I didn't expect to find the answer from John Gill. John Gill was a prolific Baptist writer and author in 18th centu...

 2022-09-09 19:23 

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DHD: Nope to Yelp; a bombed pregnancy center; Oklahoma Panhandle; SMO videos...

Greetings! I hope you are enjoying your first weekend after Labor Day. Remember you're no longer allowed to wear white—or something like that. Thanks for reading. As part of the six timely topics, three of them focus on videos that came out last...

 2022-09-08 22:00 

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State of Bible: Gen Z leads in active evangelism, desire to share faith...

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (BP)—Gen Z adults, those 25 and under, match elders in a desire to share their faith, and lead all ages in their openness to spiritual conversations, the American Bible Society (ABS) said Sept. 8 in releasing its latest chapter of ...

 2022-09-08 17:00 

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Randy Hurt leads Atoka-Coal Association to advance the Gospel...

It took a lot of years for Randy Hurt to surrender to his call from God. Although he met Jesus while attending Grandview, First, preached his first sermon there and was licensed in the ministry at age 15, he admits he ran from the Lord for many years, eve...

 2022-09-07 17:00 

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Rite of passage: Blessing the bully...

Lately, bullying has taken a major place in the news. Television reporters act like it's a new phenomenon, but it's been going on longer than I've been alive. If we could go back to Cain and Abel and hear directly from them, I'm sure one o...

 2022-09-06 22:03 

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Americans believe suicide is an epidemic, not pathway to hell...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Most Americans say suicide has become an epidemic in the United States, and few say people who commit suicide automatically go to hell. In 2008, September was declared National Suicide Prevention Month in the United States. Acc...

 2022-09-06 16:13 

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Kendrick Brothers' 'Lifemark' spotlights beauty of adoption...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—When David Scotton's birth mother contacted him 18 years after placing him for adoption, the first thing he wanted to do was thank her for giving him life. She made it as far as the operating table in an Indiana abortion cl...

 2022-09-05 15:00 

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Blog: Soup and Jesus...

In this complicated and difficult world, I love it when something is simple. Don't you? In the food world, nothing is simpler than soup. And in the soup world, nothing fussy is required. Judith Martin, better known by her pen name "Miss Manners...

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